Lee Bailey hails Raith Rovers friendly as great workout for Brechin City

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Brechin City assistant manager Lee Bailey hailed his players for their positive display against Raith Rovers in their 2-0 friendly defeat.

It was an excellent workout for City against a very physical Rovers team and the League One outfit never looked out of their depth.

Bailey was thrilled with the performance and chuffed that the players got so much out of the fixture.

He said: “It’s the second game in. Aberdeen was a tough ask for us because they had so much of the possession.

“But against Raith I thought it was much tighter. Obviously we’ve played a team from a higher league so their movement, physicality were giving us an opportunity to see how hard the players work without the ball, how our defensive shape looks.

“We looked at different players in different players so as an exercise, I thought it was really good - the tempo was good and our attitude and effort were great.

“It’s difficult in pre-season because we’re trying to get players game time, so there are six or seven changes going there. But we’ve prepared and planned and everyone knew their roles as they came on.

“The game itself I thought was pretty even. Raith Rovers had more of it in the first half but second half, we created a fair few chances and we put a lot of pressure on them.

“But as I said, they’re a Championship team with good movement, good technical players and they were a physical challenge as well with a lot of big, strong guys.

“We’re not always going to come up against that in our league.

“We sat off a little bit first half, gave them too much respect, but in the second we played much higher up the pitch.”